Bengaluru police restricts procession in view of Tipu Jayanti

On Tuesday, the Karnataka High Court refused to put a stay on Tipu Sultan Jayanti celebrations, slated to be celebrated across the state on November 10.

Since 2015, when the state government chose to celebrate Tipu Jayanti officially, right-wing groups, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have opposed any glorification of the erstwhile ruler of Mysore.

After witnessing major clash in 2015 in the state over the celebrations of Tipu Sultan Jayanti, the Karnataka Government a year ago chose to make the event an annual affair.

The Congress government views Tipu Sultan as a patriot, who fought against the British. But the decision met with resistance from the right wing which sees him as a bigoted tyrant who forcefully converted thousands and killed thousand others.

Heavy security forces have to deployed to cover the event for ensuring the peaceful celebration.

The workers had been protesting against Tipu Jayanti celebrations.

The women members held the pestle, symbolic of Onake Obavva killing soldiers of Hyder Ali, the father of Tipu Sultan, using the pestle when they attacked Chitradurga Fort. In Kodagu, the district which was historically at odds with Tipu Sultan, prohibitory orders are in place after the district saw the worst of protests in 2015.

Talking to newsmen here today, he said that 20 Central Armed Reserve and 30 KSRP platoons have been deployed besides civil police to maintain peace. "The government itself is celebrating the event in various parts of the city for which we have made elaborate arrangements".

He said there will be celebrations only at the places identified by the government, adding that the police would deal firmly with those who plan to create trouble.

Section 144, which prohibits assembly of five or more people, has been imposed in Kodagu, which witnessed violence a year ago.



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